Gracemere high a hot topic

HIGHWAYS and high schools are set to be the highlight topics of a Rockhampton candidates' forum in Gracemere next month.

Gracemere Community Voice has organised the candidates' forum on March 15 - ALP's Bill Byrne, LNP's Gavin Finch, KAP's Shane Guley and independent Bruce Diamond to address Gracemere residents' issues.

Voice's secretary Ron Norman said the high school, a dual-lane highway and an overpass were items the Gracemere Community Voice had been lobbying about for some time.

He said about 800 high school children lived in Gracemere, with projections of more than 1000 in 2015 and over 1200 in 2020.

Mr Norman said those figures came from demographers, with the figures calculated in May.

"We believe those will have to be reviewed again because development in Gracemere is booming," he said.

More than half the high school students currently travel by bus daily to Rockhampton high schools.

Mr Norman said a petition for a high school by 2015 would be circulating next week.

Katter's Australian Party candidate Shane Guley, who has already publicly announced his support for a high school, said he had the backing of state leader Aiden McLindon and federal leader Bob Katter to establish a high school at Gracemere.

Both Mr Byrne and Mr Diamond said they supported building a high school at Gracemere when the area had the trigger number of students, which Mr Byrne believed was more than 1100 students.

Mr Finch did not return the Morning Bulletin's phone call by the time of print.



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